A New Program in Denver Sends Mental Health Professionals Instead of Police For 911 Calls
With the escalation of police brutality at the forefront of the national consciousness, local governments are beginning to take notice and take action. Some cities have taken actual steps to defund police departments, other cities are diversifying their workforces, and others are taking steps to minimalize violence for non-threatening situations. Denver, Colorado has come up with a major system that may change 911 calls forever, especially when it comes to minor infractions and mental health calls. Instead of sending police, 911 dispatchers send an ambulance and medical professional. Over the course of the past three months, this new program has responded to more than 350 calls. Not surprisingly, none of the calls required armed backup.
This story was originally shared in the Denver Post. You can read more about this new development here: